One of the most attractive aspects of opting for a non-invasive cosmetic treatment is that there is virtually zero downtime. Your injectable treatments will be administered quickly – less than one hour is all it takes – and you will be able to go back to your working or leisure-filled day as soon as you walk out of the clinic.
However, following your Dermal Filler treatment, there are some best practices to follow to ensure that you get the best results.
After every procedure that we administer here at Collagen Aesthetics, we will present you with thorough and comprehensive aftercare advice. However, we appreciate that it might be difficult to remember every little detail, and besides, you may well be researching what sort of post-treatment care you will need to embark upon following your very first Dermal Filler treatment.
Indeed, we encourage all of our patients to conduct as much research into their chosen treatments as possible before coming to us. This is because we know that an informed patient is a relaxed patient, and a patient that is confident about the treatment they are about to receive.
And so, with all of this in mind, we present to you today this blog post detailing the best aftercare practices to follow after your Dermal Filler Treatment(s). Please peruse at your leisure, and use the information as a reminder of the advice we will give you when you leave us.
Best Aftercare Practices Following Your Dermal Filler Treatment
Immediately After the Treatment
It’s possible that you may experience a little redness around the areas of the injection sites shortly after your treatment. There may also be a slight itching, swelling and general tenderness in these areas.
This is all perfectly normal, and will almost certainly disappear within a few hours or days. However, to speed up this recovery process, you should avoid touching the treated areas for at least 6 hours following the injections. After this time, you can very gently massage the areas using a clean cloth, put don’t apply too much pressure – just a gentle rubbing to ease any discomfort you may still be experiencing.
You may also wish to apply an ice pack to the area. This is absolutely fine, as is the application of a little arnica cream. Arnica and bromelain tablets can also be taken to treat the swelling.
We also advise against using make-up for the first 6 or so hours following your Dermal Filler treatment. This is simply to reduce the risk of infection in the treated area. After the first 6 hours, you can then apply a little mineral-based makeup.
You may also wish to take your normal painkiller. This is ok, but be aware that some will thin the blood, which may result in a slight prolongation of the bruising.
The First 48 Hours
It’s best to avoid cosmetics directly applied to the treated areas during the first 48 hours following your treatment. Moisturisers and any products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids/Glycolics (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) or Retinoids should especially be avoided.
Avoid alcohol and any strenuous or aerobic exercise as well during the first 48 hours immediately following your treatment, as partaking in either can also extend the recovery period. We also advise against exposing the area to any intense heat, such as tan-beds, saunas, hot waxes and hot beds.
During this period, you can start to massage the injected areas a little more frequently. This will help to reduce the swelling and smooth out any Dermal Filler bumps that may be present – though rest assured that the product will naturally soften and absorb into the skin within a few days. Make sure that your fingers a scrupulously clean, and/or use a clean cloth to help you, and don’t use too much force as you rub the area.
The First 14 Days
We recommend that you avoid waxing, facials, and AHA or Gycolic peels during the first 2 weeks following your Dermal Filler treatment. This is simply to give the Dermal Fillers time to settle without any aggravation.
You may, however, apply some sunscreen in the warmer months when the sun is high and flaring. 80% of skin damage (wrinkles, ageing, hyper-pigmentation etc.) is cause by the sun’s UV rays, so protecting your skin from the sun’s beams is one of the most effective methods for maintaining its health and appearance.
You are also welcome to pop into the clinic at any time after your treatment so we can assess you and answer any questions you may have. And please feel free to make an appointment if necessary.
If anything remains unclear from this blog post, or, if you have had a Dermal Filler treatment and believe you are developing some side effects as a result, then please do not hesitate to contact us. You can use our Contact Page to do so, or phone us directly. We’re always on hand for all of our patients, and your care is our top-most priority.